Booksellers NZ Conference Programme
The annual Booksellers NZ conference will be held at The Rydges Hotel in Auckland on 24-25 August 2019. Saturday 24 August includes the Business Meeting Day for publishers and booksellers, and in the evening the Book Industry Awards. Sunday 25 August brings you a fabulous programme of events for booksellers and publishers alike.
There is the opportunity to sign in for conference from 4.30pm Friday, 23 August this year, and meet us for drinks in the foyer from 5.00pm. Please note there will be a Storylines Children's Literature trust event on during the evening of Friday 23 August at the same venue, after the unofficial welcoming drinks.
Day 1 - Saturday 24 August
|7.30am–8.00am||Publishers allowed in to set up for meetings|
Registration for Business Meeting Day
|8.30am–4.00pm||Business meetings (Kingston Room)|
Tea, coffee and light lunch provided as part of registration fee.
|6.30–10.00pm||NZ Book Industry Awards|
Nielsen Publisher of the Year and Nielsen Bookseller of the Year sponsored by Nielsen Book
Day 2, Sunday 25 August
|7.45am–8.15am||Registration for conference and breakaway sessions (Foyer - Kingston)|
Welcome and opening (Kingston Room)
|Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board|
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ
Find out about the Winter Institute 2019 and what booksellers are doing in America (Kingston Room)
|Speakers –Pene Whitty, UBS Canterbury|
Ruth Bruhin, Poppies Bookshop, New Plymouth
|9.05–9.35am||Keynote Address (Kingston Room)|
Introduced by Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board
|9.40–9.55am||Nielsen BookData & BookScan (Kingston Room)|
Find out the sales figures and patterns of books over the past year, and see how your store measures up.
|Speaker – Nevena Nikolic|
|10.00am–10.30am||Economy and Retail Environment|
|Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is also an author, media commentator and a thought-leading public speaker. He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy. He has published two books in the BWB Text series, Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand's Priorities, Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand, and collaborated on The New Zealand Economy.|
Introduced by Stella Chrysostomou, Deputy Chair of Booksellers NZ, co-owner of Volume Books in Nelson
Morning Tea & Networking
International keynote speaker
Lani Wendt Young in conversation.
|Lani Wendt Young is an award-winning writer. She has written a popular series of young adult novels set in Samoa, the Telesā series, as well as Afakasi Woman: A Collection of Short Fiction (Pasifika Books, 2012). Her work has been published in journals such as JAAM, New Zealand School Journal and the Samoan school journal Folauga.|
Breakaway session 1
Managing HR - Contracts, employment and best practices (Hobson Room)
|John McDermott |
Introduced by Louise Ward, Board Member of Booksellers NZ, and co-owner of Wardini Books
Branding and Social Media Engagement (Kingston Room)
Renee Rowland, Owner, Twizel Bookshop
Lunch and networking
Finding Frances Hodgkins (Kingston Room)
Chair: Kiran Dass, Buyer at Time Out Bookstore
|Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has recently published two books about Frances Hodgkins; Finding Frances Hodgkins, published by Massey University Press, and Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, with Catherine Hammond, published by Auckland University Press.|
Sam Elworthy is Publisher at Auckland University Press
Nicola Legat is Publisher at Massey University Press and Te Papa Press
Breakaway session 2
Events: how to plan, promote and host (Kingston Room)
Warwick Delmonte works at Paper Plus Masterton.
|Option 2||Growing new customers - how to identify and attract them (Hobson Room)|
Speakers: Kit, Scorpio Books
Surinam Reddy, Time Out Bookstore
|Kit is the Shop Floor Manager at Scorpio Books, Christchurch|
Surinam works at Time Out Bookstore
Afternoon Tea and networking
Green/Eco Business Practices (Kingston Room)
Green Business HQ Founder Carolyn Cox is an award-winning Sustainable Business Advisor with over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors. Carolyn’s work in programme development, sustainability strategy and management has won numerous awards both in New Zealand and overseas. With an extensive background in both environmental and business strategy, Carolyn is passionate about providing customised sustainability solutions for businesses and organisations just like yours.
Introduced by Jenna Todd, Board Member, Booksellers NZ, Manager of Time Out Bookstore
|3.30–3.55pm||Community Outreach (Kingston Room)|
The Community Hub and the Bookshop: Ensuring you are the beating heart of your community. Whether your outreach is emotionally or intellectually charged, being engaged with your wider community is essential business. Hear from Pene Whitty of Canterbury University Bookshop about reaching out to their Muslim community, Ruth McIntyre of Wellington Children's Bookshop and their new parents' programme, and Bridget Williams about engaging minds and ideas with BWB Talks. This panel discussion will be chaired by Louise Ward of Wardini Books.
Pene Whitty - Owner, University Bookshop Canterbury
|4.00–4.10pm||Booksellers NZ - what's happening and developments (Kingston Room)||Lincoln Gould - CEO of Booksellers NZ|
Town Hall Session (Kingston Room)
Here’s your chance to raise issues and share your observations and experiences with the Board and other members.
|Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board |
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ
AGM (Kingston Room)
|5:00pm||Close of conference|